Thursday 5 October 2017

Kalyanji Anandji: Kab? Kyoon? Aur Kahan? (1970) / Kahani Kismat Ki (1973)

Kab? Kyoon? Aur Kahan

More Kalyanji Anandji; a pair of EPs this time. 'Kab? Kyoon? Aur Kahan?' [review] [2] has a typically early 1970s poppy vibe; highlight 'Pyar Se Dil Bhar De' is a catchy Asha & Rafi duet with a very hummable melody, and 'Ho Gaye Tere Ho Gaye', 'Dil To Dil Hai' and cabaret number 'Yeh Ankhen Jhuki Jhuki So' all sound upbeat and cheerful. Judging by these songs I’d have imagined the film to be a light romantic type of thing; instead it’s a mystery with all manner of wickedness going on. It really isn’t possible to judge a Bollywood film by its songs is it?

Instrumentals on the other hand tends to be more indicative. 'Kab? Kyoon? Aur Kahan?'s title music is a funky and stylish cross between Lalo Schifrin and Henry Mancini. Sadly it's not on this (or any as far as I know) record, however an alternately sourced MP3 is included with the download. Elsewhere in the film, 'Escape' by Madras (Chennai) garage band The Mustangs is heard.

Kahani Kismat Ki

By the time 'Kahani Kismat Ki' [review] was released in 1973, Kalyanji Anandji had perfected their trademark funk sound. It’s utilized to better effect on other soundtracks, but you’ll notice it on 'Rafta Rafta'. Kind of cool, although I personally prefer 'Too Yaar Mera' with its guitar and synth licks and Latin groove (and cheekily sexy video), and the atmospheric title track. Drunk song 'Duniya Mujhse Kahti Hai' and playful 'Kab Tak Na Dogi Dil' are nice too, so despite not containing any real classics, this is definitely a worthwhile EP.

Track listing, 'Kab? Kyoon? Aur Kahan?':
1. Mohd. Rafi & Asha Bhosle: Pyar Se Dil Bhar De
2. Lata Mangeshkar: Ho Gaye Tere Ho Gaye
3. Mohd. Rafi: Dil To Dil Hai
4. Asha Bhosle & Usha Khanna: Yeh Ankhen Jhuki Jhuki So

Track listing, 'Kahani Kismat Ki'
1. Kishore Kumar: Rafta Rafta
2. Mukesh & Chorus: Kahani Kismat Ki
3. Asha Bhosle: Too Yaar Mera
4. Kishore Kumar: Duniya Mujhse Kahti Hai
5. Asha Bhosle & Chorus: Kab Tak Na Dogi Dil

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  1. Thanks so much for sharing these two OSTs.

  2. I'm new to your blog, found it full of thrills and taste of pure Indian Music Love from heart.

  3. Some trivia for you :

    Arjun hingorani - the producer & director to both films, who passed away a fee years back - always named his film titles with a K.

    Most of his successful films had Dharmendra in the lead role AND had Kalyanji Anandji as composers

    Kalyanji Anandji's sonic change from 1970 onwards can be categorically assigned to Babla , the younger (and super talented ) sibling, who did a lot of their arranging, along with Frank Fernandez . Even on slower , maudlin soundtracks like SAFAR (1970), there are uptempo instrumental breaks in the songs , which give them extra pizzaz

    Kahani Kismat Ki also has Hingorani playing the role of a villain in it, and a song featured on him. It's enjoyable fare, with multiple plots of deciet, double crossing galore, and fantastic background score action a plenty, with lots of way wah pedal on the organ (possibly fed through an amp & miked up as well, for added grit & bottom end). The songs on the super 7 are mostly butcherings of the full length versions, which is a bit of a boo boo. Full length non ERS variants are likely to be found on YouTube.


    1. First of all: Thank you for your recent comments on several posts here. Apologies for not replying or acknowledging earlier; needless to say though your insight is very much appreciated. I could you used your input when I was writing my book :)

      I'm obviously familiar with Babla (and posted a couple of his albums too), I knew he collaborated with (and played drums for) his older brothers but I don't think I was aware of the extent of his influence, nor that it began so early.